In honor of April Fool’s Day, we decided to highlight a few tempting—but ultimately unwise—strategies for finding a new staff member. While it is true that there are a lot of great candidates out there, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking someone is the perfect fit, when in reality they’re just a fit on paper. Here are four hiring mistakes to avoid.
Treating the Interview Like a Blind Date: Enthusiastic candidates will research your company before their interviews, but there’s no reason to leave this up to chance. Provide candidates with information about the company and the position. Let them know what your company hopes to achieve and the problems you want to solve. A strong candidate will use this information to provide examples of how they can help. A poor candidate won’t address the material, which will tell you just as much. A Tampa employment agency can help you prepare an informative job description and supporting materials to make the most of your interviews.
Failing to Check Background and References: No one would lie on a resume, right? And everything you read on the internet is true. Anyone can fabricate a resume that looks terrific, with layer upon layer of bogus achievements. April Fools! Don’t gloss over vetting your candidates. Call and verify degrees, run background checks, and contact references. Due diligence is time consuming, but necessary. If you don’t have internal resources to handle this, a reputable Tampa employment agency can do the heavy lifting for you.
Settling for Good Enough: Interviewing can be tedious. After eight or ten conversations, you may be ready to settle for someone who is just ‘okay.’ Resist the urge and keep looking for a new hire who exceeds expectations. One way to avoid interview fatigue is to make sure the candidates who come through your door are worth talking to. Your Tampa employment agency can help with this.
Looking for a Specific Degree: You may think your open position requires someone with a particular advanced degree, and this may be true in some cases. But many times the best candidates have climbed the ranks through hard work and ambition, and learned their skills through on-the-job training. What’s not to love about that? If you’re worried about proficiency gaps, many job skills can be assessed with pre-hire testing. Hiregy maintains a testing facility to help in this area.
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